Tarnished Angels
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William Faulkner's novel Pylon was optioned by Universal producer Albert Zugsmith, who used it as the source for his 1957 production The Tarnished Angels. Robert Stack is a disillusioned World War One ace eking out a living as a barnstorming pilot/parachutist during the early 1930s. New Orleans newspaperman Rock Hudson runs across Stack at a two-bit carnival. He becomes fascinated with Stack's fall from grace, and latches onto him. As he is drawn into Stack's iconoclastic, individualistic lifestyle, Hudson finds he is also drawn to the pilot's long-suffering wife, Dorothy… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An enduring philosophical strain of proto-feminist endurance in a land that's both made and menaced by its intrepid warriors."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Given limited budget and technology, the airplane races are well staged over a short oval course around the striped pylons."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"One of Douglas Sirk's masterworks."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Set in the Depression era, this tale of daredevils doing air showsand their nomad lifestyle is one of cult director Douglas Sirk's very best films, and also the finest screen adaptation of a William Faulkner novel."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Sirk mines sombre poetry from these lives, though a tacked-on happy-ish ending lets him down."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"A seething melodrama about a family of daredevil pilots."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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